Pankaj Advani, eight time world champion on 13 February 2013 entered pre-quarterfinals of the BetVictor Welsh Open Pro Snooker Series. He is the first Indian cueist to reach at this position. He defeated former world champion Shaun Murphy of England, 4-3 at Wales. Also, he is the only active player who entered at such a highest level in snooker as well as billiards in same season.
Earlier in the season, Pankaj Advani defeated renowned players in Pro circuit such as John Higgins, Ryan Day, Alan McManus, Mark King, Steve Davis, Nigel Bond, Jimmy White and Michael Holt.